Rutherford preps for the boy's basketball region semifinals Tuesday night against Washington.

By: Mark Vaughn Email
By: Mark Vaughn Email

SPRINGFIELD, Fla- The High School basketball playoffs continue Tuesday as several area teams are into the region semi-finals. The Rutherford Rams one of those squads. They're combining their experience with the outstanding play of John Wade to keep their season going.

Having the road map, or better yet the GPS to your destination makes the trip alot easier. After making it to the state final four the Rams don't have to ask for directions they know exactly what it will take to get back there.

"We want to get that ring," Rutherford guard John Wade said. "That's been our first thing since this summer. We've been working really hard in the off-season, in the weight room, conditioning. That's our main goal, get that state championship."

Experience is the key to their success this year. "These guys have been here before," Head Coach Rhondie Ross added. "I mean they put the time in and they're ready for this moment."

The Rams leader on the court, John Wade, is enjoying another great year. After his sophomore year he was an all state selection, and he's outdone himself a year later.

"John has a tremendous work ethic. So the things that he's doing right now, I'm not surprised at what he's doing," Ross said.

If you've watched the Rams play you know they have plenty of weapons, but when they need a bucket, or a big play Wade is their go to guy.

"I trust Wade with the ball. I know he's going to make a play regardless," Rutherford guard Adam Stanford said. "That's Wade that's his mentality, he's going to score. He's going to do what he's got to do to win, and that's what I like about him."

They'll need him to be at his best now because it's win or go home from here on out. The next matchup for John Wade and the Rams is a tough one against Washington at the Ram House on Tuesday night. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

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